Latics agree compensation for Rosler

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler
Share this article

UWE Rosler looks set to become the new manager of Wigan Athletic after the club agreed a compensation package with Brentford.

Latics were granted permission to speak to the German boss after approaching the London club yesterday afternoon.

The Evening Post understands that the two clubs spent time discussing a deal for Rosler, who is set to hold talks with Dave Whelan today.

It is hoped that, should they go well, a deal will go through in the next 24 hours and the former Manchester City player will be confirmed as the new Latics manager.

It is unlikely that he will take charge of tomorrow’s game at Millwall. However, he could be at the New Den to watch on from the stands.

Whelan has spent this week searching for a new boss following Owen Coyle’s departure on Monday.

Early favourites included former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan and ex-Blackpool boss Ian Holloway.

But it was Rosler who caught Whelan’s eye.

The German still has family in the Manchester area, a factor which is believed to have been a huge pull.

Whelan last night said Rosler was “mad keen” to join Wigan and praised Brentford for the professional way they have gone about the approach.

He also revealed that his remit would be to get Latics into the play-offs this year and win promotion within two seasons.

The pair are set to meet today for the first time when it is hoped an agreement will be reached.

Brentford released a statement after midnight last night confirming that Latics have agreed to meet the compensation figure in Rossler’s contract and will be able to speak to him.

Mark Warburton, Brentford’s Sporting Director, said: “As I said at a recent Fans’ Forum, clubs approaching us to speak to staff is a sign of how well we are doing.

“No-one wants Uwe to leave Brentford FC but it is right that we allow him to speak to Wigan and I encourage him to do so.

“Uwe will decide if he wants to speak to them and we will be in constant dialogue with him.”

Rosler has an impressive record with Brentford. Out of 136 games he has won 60, giving him a win rate of 44 per cent.

A striker in his playing days, the 45-year-old enjoyed spells at a number of German clubs as well as Manchester City, Southampton and West Brom.

It was at City where he made his name though. Scoring 50 goals in four years, he is still fondly remembered in Manchester.

His managerial experience includes Norweigan sides Lillestrøm, Viking and Molde before moving to Brentford in 2011.

Rosler describes himself as a “hands on” manager who doesn’t like to sit in the office, preferring to be out on the training pitch establishing strong indivdual relationships with his players.

The German says he “studies the tendency in football” and orientates himself on the best in international football.

Rosler narrowly missed out on promotion with Brentford last season.

Playing Doncaster at home on the last day, they needed a win to go up. In the final minute of added time, Brentford missed a penalty with the score at 0-0 before Doncaster broke and scored a winner. Rosler’s side then went down 2-1 in the play-off final to Yeovil.

His biggest battle came in 2003 when, after finishing his playing career, he was diagnosed with chest cancer, which he beat.